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Disambig.png This article is about the first DLC map. For the floating island of the same name, see The Center (Floating Island).

The Center
The Center DLC.jpg
DLC for ARK with new map
Content Type Expansion Map
PC Release Date Logo Steam.png May 17th, 2016
Xbox Release Date Logo Xbox One.svg May 17th, 2016
PS4 Release Date Logo PS4.svg December 6th, 2016
Switch Release Date Logo Nintendo Switch.png Unreleased
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The Center DLC.jpg This article is about the DLC: The Center
Logo Steam.png Logo Xbox One.svg Logo PS4.svg This article is about content exclusively available in the version on Steam, Xbox One, PS4.
This creature, item, or feature is not yet released in the version on Nintendo Switch.

The Center is a free, official, non-canonical DLC expansion map for ARK: Survival Evolved.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Center originated as a custom map by modder Ben “EvilMrFrank” Burkart. It was added to ARK: Survival Evolved as free DLC in PC patch 241.0 and Xbox One update 734.0. It underwent a "mega-update" that added the Redwood Forests in PC patch 245.0 and was released on Xbox One and PS4.

The Center DLC has a default difficulty level of 5.0 which means wild dinos up to level 150 and better loot quality from supply drops. Prior to January 2017, Giganotosaurus had an extremely rare chance to spawn anywhere on the map; now Giganotosaurus will only spawn in a few areas such as the Lava Island and Northern Snowy Mountain.

The Center Map[edit | edit source]

The Center consists of multiple climatic and geological regions, including several that are not featured on The Island map. The map's most notable feature, a colossal floating island, can be found to the West of the map surrounded by treacherous swamps. To the far North, an active volcanic island can be found covered in basalt, lava, and dangerous predators. Numerous islands covered in jungles, tropical shorelines, mountains, and ancient ruins dot the varied archipelago. A unique set of caves push survivors to their limits in search of the Artifacts and their hidden rewards. Descend into Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth where survivors will find themselves in a self-sufficient underground ecosystem far beneath the lush jungles. Similarly, survivors can dive down to either of two underwater domes to build their own naval bases of Atlantean proportions!

Regions[edit | edit source]

Regions of The Center

  • East Lava Cave (The Center).jpg
    East Lava Cave
  • Half-Burnt Island (The Center).jpg
    Half-Burnt Island
  • LavaBiome The Center.jpg
    Lava Island
  • West Lava Cave (The Center).jpg
    Lava Oasis Cave
  • Scorched Island (The Center).jpg
    Scorched Island

  • East Underwater Bubble (The Center).jpg
    East Underwater Dome
  • Eastern Islets (The Center).jpg
    Eastern Islets
  • SE Trench TC.jpg
    Eastern Trench
  • Tropical Island North (The Center).jpg
    Northern Tropical Island
  • Tropical Island South (The Center).jpg
    Tropical Island South

  • Jungles North TC.jpg
    Jungles North
  • Jungles Mid TC.jpg
    Jungles Mid
  • Jungles South TC.jpg
    Jungles South
  • South East Cave (The Center).jpg
    Jungle Cave
  • Secluded Island (The Center).jpg
    Secluded Island
  • Skull Island (The Center).jpg
    Skull Island
  • South Underwater Bubble (The Center).jpg
    South Underwater Dome
  • UW TC.jpg
    Underground World

  • Cliffside Cavern (The Center).jpg
    Cliffside Cavern
  • Edge of the World New (The Center).jpg
    Edge of the World
  • Far West Snowy Grasslands TC.jpg
    Snowy Grasslands
  • North Ice Cave Room2a.jpg
    North Ice Cave
  • North Snowy Mountain (The Center).jpg
    North Snowy Mountain
  • Blank.png
    Ocean Under Center
  • Penguin Iceberg TC.jpg
    Penguin Pond
  • South Snowy Mountain (The Center).jpg
    South Snowy Mountain
  • South Ice Cave TC.jpg
    South Ice Cave
  • Swamps TC.jpg
  • The Center.jpg
    The Center
  • The Center Cave Inside.jpg
    The Center Cave
  • Blank.png
    Western Cliffs

  • Redwood Forests (The Center).jpg
    Redwood Forests
  • The Bridge (The Center).jpg
    The Bridge

  • The Center Arena.jpg
    The Center Arena

Approximate Spawn Locations[edit | edit source]

The Center Spawn Loc Map.jpg

Data Maps[edit | edit source]

  • Preview Resources Map (Scorched Earth).png
    Strategic Resources
  • SpawnMapIcon.png
    Creature Spawns
  • Level 55.jpg
    Exploring the map
  • MaskOn.jpg
    Loot Crates

Creatures[edit | edit source]

In other words, all Creatures that can be found on The Island can be found somewhere on The Center, except for the Polar Bear, the Polar Purlovia, the Unicorn, the Attack Drone, the Defense Unit, the Dragon and the Overseer.

Event Creatures[edit | edit source]

Creatures that only spawned during an Event:

Items[edit | edit source]

All items from the base game are available on The Center.

Artifacts[edit | edit source]

Spotlight[edit | edit source]

Notes/Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to January 2017, Giganotosaurus was able to spawn anywhere in the overworld of The Center including beaches and small islands; now they only spawn in a few areas like Lava Island
  • On PvP servers, any structures in Caves, the Underground World, Underwater Domes, and any of the Ancient Ruins will take 3x damage.
  • There is a massive underground crystal cave that lies along the southern portion of the cliffs that form the Edge of the World. Similar to the Underground World but filled with cosmetic crystals all over as well as a small but detailed cosmetic ruin.
  • On Xbox since v757: If you would like to play The Center map without advancing through The Island, launch the Island and then open the command menu. Type in cheat playercommand Ascend2. Once finished you'll be able to load The Center as normal.
  • On PS4 since v510: If you would like to play The Center map without advancing through The Island ascension, launch the Island and then open the command menu. Type in cheat playercommand Ascend1. Once finished you'll be able to load The Center as normal.
  • the center is the only official mod map that doesn't add any new creatures.

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